If you are a fan of backyard fires or camping, then these recipes are a great mouth-watering excuse to stack up the logs and get a fresh fire going. Some of these recipes can also be made using an gas outdoor fireplace with a pizza oven insert, creating a killer combo for instant heat with no mess and the joy of outdoor cooking over an open flame.
So, get out the tongs and your corniest apron as you prep for our favorite 11 open fire recipes below.
Campfire nachos are ridiculously easy to get going, cook fast, and will quickly become one of your favorite fireside treats.
All you have to do is get a cast-iron skillet and some open flames. Line the skillet with foil to make the heat distribute more quickly and evenly while saving you on some dish duty.
Dump most of a bag of tortilla chips along with cooked meat and/or cold, canned beans, which can also be refried. Top with cheese, cover, and cook for just five to seven minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Add salsa, sour cream, chopped tomatoes or your own favorite topping, and dig in!
This recipe uses grilled seasoned ground beef or chicken stuffed in mini corn chip bags and topped with all your favorite taco toppings. The bags make carrying these hand-sized meals easy and less messy, perfect for chatty campfire sessions.
Brown your choice of meat in a taco seasoning packet or homemade seasoning mix that includes heavy doses of cumin and ground ancho chile. Then, add 1.5 cups of water to simmer. When almost all of the juice has evaporated, remove from heat for four minutes to cool. Add the meat to your favorite brand of corn chip in snack-size bags, then top with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and other fixin’s!
Here’s a version of this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
A cast iron skillet can make a sumptuous batch of mushrooms cooked in butter, olive oil, garlic and fresh rosemary. Drizzle on wine or beef stock to make them saucy, savory and unimaginably delicious. These go great with freshly grilled steaks, too!
Get the full recipe here.
Burying foil-wrapped potatoes in campfire coals for 45 to 90 minutes is a classic way to enjoy a tasty and filling side dish. You can also use an outdoor gas fireplace with the cooking time increased to one to two hours. Add butter, sour cream, cheese and sliced scallions to the cooked potatoes to make them even more scrumptious.
You can also cook leeks and corn-on-the-cob right in the coals, no foil needed!
If you have a Dutch oven, you can try any of these recipes over a hot campfire or on a rack within your outdoor gas fireplace:
With a gas outdoor fireplace, you can have your fire roasting in seconds, making for quicker cooking times, less cleanup or setup and more convenience all around. Get your own outdoor fireplace and pizza oven insert to make lazy summer days all the more delicious.